Same-sex couples begin tying the knot in Oregon

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Associated Press

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 8:32 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Hundreds of jubilant couples have been rushing to get married in Oregon after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage.

Within minutes of Judge Michael McShane's ruling on Monday, county clerks across the state started issuing marriage licenses.

In Portland, some couples lined up for their licenses more than four hours before McShane released his opinion.

Kelly and Patty Reagan of Washington County took the day off to get married, waiting with their kids, 11-year-old Kaelan and 7-year-old Sophia, at the county building since 7:30 in the morning. The couple has been together for nearly 8 years.

The Oregon Catholic Conference issued a statement saying what they call "authentic marriage" remains between one man and one woman.

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